After 12 years, Universal Audio have announced they’re putting their UAD-1 DSP Accelerator Card into retirement on 31st December. It will live out the remainder of its quiet years functioning as normal, with plug-ins still fully in use, but not receiving support from Universal Audio.
The spirit of the UAD-1 will live on in Universal Audio’s subsequent hardware – the UAD-2 platform, released in 2008, and the brilliant Apollo interface, launched in 2012. But the company will be shutting down their UAD-1 registration/authorisation servers, card transfer functions, and support.
They’ll also be discontinuing the sale of UAD-1 plug-ins (which haven’t seen a new release since 2009) in their online store. The planned deactivation of the 12-year-old UAD-1 servers is, they say, “a necessary step for us to move the UAD platform forward into 2014 and beyond.”
Where do we go from here?
Universal Audio assure UAD-1 users that their hardware and plug-ins will continue to work exactly as they always have, and after December 31st, you’ll still be able to download your final UAD-1 authorisation file. You just won’t be able to make any changes to it — including adding plug-ins and/or transferring card ownership.
If you’ve decided it’s time to move on, the UAD-2 platform is a more than worthy successor, and Universal Audio are even offering a huge $200 off plug-ins for anyone upgrading. All you have to do is buy a Universal Audio UAD-2 card or Apollo interface from us before 31st December, register your new hardware, and then you’ll receive the ‘Last Chance’ voucher in your account, allowing you to redeem it against any UAD plug-ins up until 28th February 2014.
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